Mildred “Patty” Baena, Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistress and the mother of his 13-year-old love child gave a tell-all interview to Hello! magazine about her affair with the former California governor, but she insists she was not paid a single cent for the interview and she didn’t do it for the money.

“Mildred was tired of people selling their lies to the media or claiming to speak for her when they do not … She gave the interview in order to set the record straight once and for all,” Baena’s lawyer said in a statement. “All she wanted to do was put the lies and rumors to rest. And we believe that she has done that through this interview.” The interview was delivered to Hello! by a freelance reporter who has a personal relationship with Baena’s lawyer.

Baena, now 50, worked as a housekeeper for the Schwarzeneggers for 20 years. It was during this time that she began her fling with the Terminator star, now 63. But in the interview, Baena clarifies that they only had a few encounters, not a lengthy affair, and that not only the Schwarzeneggers, but even she herself did not know who the father of her child, Joseph, was until recently. Baena was also intimate with her ex husband around the same time as she was with Schwarzenegger. But Joseph, photographed alongside his mother, apparently increasingly resembled Schwarzenegger as he grew up. “It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered — but it became more apparent as time went on,” Baena said.

It wasn't only Schwarzenegger and Baena that had suspicions that their affair could have resulted in a child. The former governor's wife, Maria Shriver, also noticed the similarities between Joseph and her husband. “She would say things like, ‘I’m here if you need to talk,’” said Baena. When Shriver finally asked her point blank if Joseph was Schwarzenegger’s son, Baena said she broke down. “I dropped to my knees and I was crying, saying that yes he was and I was so sorry.”


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Surprisingly, instead of reacting with rage, Shriver consoled Baena. “She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. We held each other and I told her it wasn't Arnie's fault, that it takes two.” Shriver even told Baena to stay in the Schwarzenegger mansion until the holidays. Taking responsibility for her role in devastating a family, Baena hopes that her former employer and lover will be able to reconcile with his wife.

Perhaps the most surprising reaction to Baena’s revelations was Joesph’s. When he learned his father's identity last year, he apparently said, “Cool!” His mother said the young boy is looking forward to building a relationship with the former Hollywood star.


  • Victoria
    Victoria on

    It's sad, but it seemed as though their marriage was nearing an end for a while now..

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